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An International Space Station Expedition 12 ARISS school contact has been planned with students at Cincinnati Country Day School, Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Wednesday, 1 March 2006. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 19:02 UTC.
The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and VK5ZAI. The contact should be audible to anyone in the Southwestern portions of Australia. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. Additional listening options aril listed below. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
An International Space Station Expedition 12 ARISS school contact has been
planned with students at Cincinnati Country Day School, Cincinnati, Ohio USA
on Wednesday, 1 March 2006. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately
The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and VK5ZAI. The
contact should be audible to anyone in the Southwestern portions of
Australia. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz
downlink. Additional listening options aril listed below. The participants
are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
Live audio from the Country Day School (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) ARISS contact with NA1SS will be available on IRLP "Discovery" Reflector. This event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 @ 1902 UTC via VK5ZAI. The audio feed to 9010 will begin at 1853 UTC.
Streaming audio will also be available at the "Discovery" Reflectors companion website, www.discoveryreflector.ca (please note there is a 2-3 minute delay on this stream). A listing of upcoming Expedition 12 ARISS/IRLP events that will be distributed through 9010 is posted to the same website.
This ARISS/IRLP Audio Distribution Project is supported by ARISS International.
(Feb 24, 2006) -- SuitSat-1 is now a confirmed "Silent Key." So says its sponsor, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. In operation for more than two weeks, SuitSat-1 easily outlasted initial predictions that it would transmit for about one week. ARISS International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, says the mission captured imaginations around the world, despite a much-lower-than-expected signal strength.
3 upcoming iss school qsos relayed on echolink:
Harry Hallyburton Elementary School, Drexel, North Carolina,
telebridge via VK5ZAI Fri 2006-03-03 18:16 UTC.
Watch for IRLP, Echolink, and streaming web coverage.
Cincinnati Country Day School, Cincinnati, OH, USA,
telebridge via VK5ZAI Wed 2006-03-01 19:02 UTC
Watch for IRLP, Echolink, and streaming web coverage.
Evangelisches Gymnasium Lippstadt, D-59555, Germany,
direct via DN2LP Wed 2006-03-08 14:56 UTC
(listen 145.800 fm in europe to hear iss direct)
There will be automatic one second breaks every 2.5 minutes in the audio
From the SAREX reflector:
SuitSat-1/Radioskaf/AO-54---the mission that has captured the imagination of people and students around the world---is now a confirmed silent key. The outreach, press requests and visibility of SuitSat was absolutely amazing and appears to be unprecedented for a ham radio event. While the press requests are just now starting to wane, we expect that you will continue to see SuitSat status reports and pictures in magazines, websites and other literature over the next few months. One metric which shows the interest---we had over 9 MILLION hits at the www.suitsat.org web site. Quite impressive indeed!!
Based on the reports we have received, the last confirmed reception of the SuitSat voice audio was on Saturday February 18 at 3:32 UTC by Bob King's station, VE6BLD in Canada. The last confirmed telemetry was received by Richard Crow's station, N2SPI in the USA. Richard copied the SuitSat-1 voltage dropping precipitously to a low of 18.3 volts before vehicle stopped transmitting. I have included Richard's compiled telemetry do*****ent at the end of this e-mail.
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A second Amateur Radio training session has been tentatively scheduled for the remaining 2004 astronaut class. The class is planned for Friday, February 24. Astronauts Randy Bresnik, Jim Dutton, Shane Kimbrough, Tom Marshburn, and Bobby Satcher will attend. Astronaut Chris Cassidy will be scheduled for his second session at a later date.
(Feb 17, 2006) -- Now heading into its third week of operation, SuitSat-1 continues to put out a faint signal on 145.990 MHz. While hearing the spacesuit-satellite's telemetry and voice messages can be difficult even for the best-equipped stations, recent as-yet-unconfirmed reports suggest that SuitSat-1's battery voltage could be entering a death spiral. ARRL Member Richard Crow, N2SPI, in New York, has been tracking the satellite's battery voltage, nominally 28 V. While it had been dropping incrementally, Crow has noticed a "noticeable acceleration" in the past day or so. While conceding that he's "going out on a limb" because SuitSat-1's signal was noisy on its last pass over his QTH, Crow believes he heard the voice telemetry announce 18.3 V, a precipitous drop from earlier orbits.